Netball South Africa
(NSA) announced on Thursday that KwaZulu Natal captain Bongiwe Msomi will
captain the SPAR Proteas on their tour of New Zealand and Australia later this
month for the Quad Series.
Msomi succeeds Maryka
Holtzhausen, who suffered a devastating knee injury during the SPAR national
championships in Durban last week. Holtzhausen underwent surgery on
Wednesday and could be out of action for up to eight months.
“I am very honoured
to have been named captain,” said Msomi, who is a midcourt player.
“I have great respect
for Maryka as a leader and as a player, and we are all so sad that this has
happened to her. But I have been her vice captain for some time, and that
will make it easier for me to take over. I will also always be able to
Free State goal
defence Karla Mostert was named vice captain of the team. She said the
appointment was not a total surprise.
“Some time ago, a
Proteas leadership team was formed, and I was a member of that team. I
have captained the Free State Varsity Cup team, so I am quite used to playing a
leadership role,” said Mostert.
“Bongi and I have
played together for a long time and I think we will work well together.”
The Proteas leave for
New Zealand on Saturday. They will meet up with their Australia coach
Norma Plummer ahead of their opening match against Australia in Auckland on
Saturday August 27. Both leaders believe the time has come for South
Africa to step up a gear and challenge the world’s three top teams.
“We have been working
hard with Norma and I think we have learned a lot. We put some of it into
practice in the series against Wales and we are looking forward to doing it
against the best,” said Msomi.
“It’s a tremendous
opportunity for us, and the best way of gauging where we are.”
The SPAR Proteas will
then travel to Melbourne to play against England (4 September 2016) and
Australia (27 August 2016) before returning home to South Africa.